The Diocese welcomes new Deacons

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Newly ordained permanent and transitional deacons for the Diocese of Pittsburgh

Newly ordained transitional deacon for the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Scheduled for priestly ordination in 2012:


Third Year Theology St. Vincent Seminary
St. Kilian, Adams / Cranberry townships

Kevin Fazio graduated from Hampton High School in Allison Park before attending John Carroll University in Cleveland, and graduating in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He also obtained an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. In fall 2006, Kevin was accepted into the priestly formation program and began studies at St. Paul Seminary and Duquesne University. He completed the pre-theology program and graduated with a master of arts in philosophy in May 2008. Kevin entered St. Vincent Seminary in fall 2008 and has completed his third year of theological studies. His summer pastoral experience has taken place at St. Anne Parish in Castle Shannon.

Newly ordained permanent deacons for the Diocese of Pittsburgh:


St. Albert the Great, Baldwin

Mike graduated from Newton High School, Newton, Iowa, in 1964. He attended the State College of Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, before joining the Navy. Mike, 65, is a retired project manager for Hewlett Packard. He currently works for the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, tutoring students in the Allegheny County Jail and teaching computer literacy skills to adults. Mike and his wife, Mary Frances, have two children and three grandchildren.

When one attempts to find the face of God in all of the people they serve, no matter what their status in life is, this is the heart of a deacon.


St. Frances Cabrini, Center Township

Joe graduated from Seneca Valley High School in 1985 and from Robert Morris University with a B.S. in business administration in 1994. Joe, 43, is currently employed by the U.S. Postal Service as an officer-in-charge. He and his wife, Joanne, have five children.

There wasnt just one person who inspired me to pursue the diaconate. Its been a combination of people over the last 20 years. Theyve all inspired me by their commitment to the church and their faith.


St. Louise de Marillac, Upper St. Clair

A former seminarian at Holy Cross Passionist Seminary, Dunkirk, N.Y., and Holy Family Monastery, West Hartford, Conn., Bill graduated from John Fisher College, Rochester, N.Y., with a B.A. degree in 1969. He later earned an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. in finance at the University of Chicago. Bill, now retired, most recently served as general secretary and as secretary for social concerns for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Previously, he completed a 35-year career in the financial services industry. Bill, 63, and his wife, Pamela, are the parents of five daughters. Their first grandchild is expected in July.

The harvest is great. Though the laborers are few, the Spirit is calling forth new ministries in the church including the new diaconate. Deacons will also enable our priests to concentrate on those things that only a priest can do. It is important for all of us as the baptized to find the manner in which the spirit would have us serve the church.


St. Pius X, Brookline

Mark graduated from Canevin High School in 1964 and from Villanova University with a degree in political science in 1968. His wide-ranging career has included running a large non-profit child care agency and working with a faith-based organization that serves the homeless, hungry and poor. Mark, 64, is currently executive director of the Birmingham Foundation. He and his wife, Patricia, have four children and four grandchildren.

We are all called to some form of ministry and service. The diaconate will allow me to serve God on the altar and on the streets.


Christ the King, Bessemer / Hillsville

John graduated from Mohawk Senior High School, Bessemer, in 1979. He earned an associate's degree in arts and sciences from Community College of Allegheny County in 1981. Johns career in banking included service with Sky Financial/Sky Bank from 1993 to 2007, during which time he became vice president/manager consumer loan collections. He currently serves as fiscal officer for Lawrence County Mental Health. John, 49, and his wife, Robin, have two sons.

We have a great diocese, which I very much love and have lived in nearly all my life. I feel God has called me to service in the church through the permanent diaconate. I am excited at the privilege to be able to serve Gods people, and be for them the Church Alive.


St. Kilian, Adams / Cranberry Townships

Bill graduated from Lincoln High School in Ellwood City. He earned an associate's degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State, Beaver Campus, in 1967. In 1996, he received a B.S. in human resources management from Geneva College, followed by an M.S. in organizational leadership there in 2000. Bill, 63, is a project/design engineer for Herr-Voss Stampco, a sheet and strip mill processing design and manufacturing firm. He and his wife, Joan, have one daughter.

The heart of a deacon requires a deep sense of love, humility, obedience, patient concern for the poor, sick the spiritual needs of others, and a true devotion to prayer. Forming a relationship with God to love as he loves, to serve as he served, to forgive as he forgives to share his Word and teaching with others.


St. Peter, Slippery Rock

Edwin graduated from Manheim Township High School, Neffsville, Pa., in 1984. At California University of Pennsylvania, he earned a B.S.Ed in 1988; at Pennsylvania State University, he earned an M.Ed in educational administration in 1989; and at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., he received a doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction in 1995. Edwin, 45, is a professor and chairman of the Secondary Education Department at Slippery Rock University. He and his wife, Roxanne, have three children.

The call to serve as a deacon is important because it is a continuation of Christs work on earth of preaching and living the Gospel. I believe the heart of a deacon is someone who can empathize with someone who is in need of the loving hand of God.


St. Athanasius, West View

Gary graduated from Fox Chapel Area High School in 1972. He earned a diploma in heating, ventilation and air conditioning from Gateway Technical Institute in 1985 and a B.A. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991. Gary, 57, is the maintenance manager at St. Athanasius. Previously, he worked as a sheet metal fabricator for residential and commercial heating and air-conditioning contractors. He and his wife, Diane, have a son.

Jesus responds by giving himself fully to his Fathers will and thus he gives his life for us and to us, revealing fully the Fathers love for us. Christs is the heart of a servant. As we join ourselves to him, by his grace, we become servants in him and in his name, loving and serving his beloved people.


St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Pleasant Hills

Gerry graduated from St. Fidelis Seminary in Herman in 1963 and earned a B.A. in psychology from Duquesne University in 1967. He retired in 2007 as a district director for the Allegheny County Assistance Office, where he served in various roles over the years. He previously belonged to St. Patrick Parish in McKeesport for more than 40 years. Gerry, 65, and his wife, Sandra, have four children and 12 grandchildren.

I have lived my entire life in this diocese. I wish to give back and share what I have received from so many others about the goodness of the Lord. In the order of deacon, I am at the service of God through our bishop. I offer myself and my gifts to Bishop Zubik to help make our church more alive to God, to one another and to all created by God.


St. Bonaventure, Glenshaw

A native of Camaguey, Cuba, Ross finished high school at Catholic Central in Steubenville, Ohio. He earned a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Steubenville in 1967; an M.Ed. and M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1972 and 1983, respectively; and a J.D. from Duquesne University in 1985. Ross, 66, retired in 2006 from J. Edward Connelly and Associates, where he was senior vice president for international business. He and his wife, Anita, have a daughter and two granddaughters.

While we wait for more vocations to the priesthood to help with the harvest, it is important to have deacons serve the diocese in whatever role our bishop believes we can best serve the needs of the faithful. Although lay persons are capable of performing many services in the church, as a deacon, I would be serving the Church of Pittsburgh in an official capacity as an ordained cleric.


Christ the Divine Teacher, Chippewa Township

After graduating from Lincoln High School in Ellwood City, Harry earned a B.S. in education from Youngstown State University in 1972 and a M.S. in special education from Duquesne University in 1992. He is a health and physical education teacher at Hopewell Area School District and works with special education students. Harry, 62, and his wife, Mary Catherine, have four children and nine grandchildren.

From the age of 8, the focal point of my life has been God and his holy Mother, and the church. I was an orphan raised by nuns in an Italian orphanage. This is where the seed of my faith was first planted.


St. Bernard, Mount Lebanon

A graduate of South Hills Catholic High School, Fred went to Duquesne University where he earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education in 1970, and a masters degree in guidance and counseling in 1975. Fred is retired from the Pittsburgh Board of Education, having taught social studies at Carrick High School for 33 years, the last 12 years as department chairman. Fred, 62, and his wife, Sue Ann, have four children.

My parents taught me that the quality of a man is not measured by what he receives in life but rather, by what he gives. At this stage of my life, I could not think of anything more rewarding and fulfilling than to live every day in service to the people of the diocese. I am truly humbled to have this opportunity to live out my days as a permanent deacon, as a servant of God.


Our Lady of the Angels, Lawrenceville

Richard was educated at St. Fidelis Seminary High School, where he graduated in 1962; Duquesne University, where he received a B.A in psychology in 1969; and the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned masters degrees in education and in rehabilitation counseling. Following his counseling career, Richard, 66, served as manager of St. Augustine Plaza, an independent living residence for low-income seniors. He is single and now retired.

I feel I can best live out my baptismal call to holiness by dedicated service to the poor, the needy, and those at the margins of society as a deacon. I will be able to use my gifts and talents in service to God most effectively.


St. Alphonsus, Wexford

Al graduated from Shaler Area High School in 1969 and from the University of Tampa with a B.A. in psychology in 1973. He has continued his education in the field of insurance sales at American College, where he received his CLU/ChFC designation. Al has worked in the insurance industry for 35 years. Al, 60, and his wife, Donna, have a son and daughter.

It is very important to serve our Church of Pittsburgh because God has blessed our lives and I want to honor Gods trust in me. I want to serve the family of believers and lead others to Christ for eternal salvation.


Immaculate Conception, Washington

A graduate of Bethel Park High School, Jeff earned a B.A. in business/economics from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.S. in human resource management from La Roche College. Jeff, 40, is director of the Department for Media and Technology for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He and his wife, Susan, have two sons.

I have been blessed to know many holy and dedicated priests and deacons throughout my life. Their commitment to serve their brothers and sisters in the Lord has been inspirational. Also, my devotion to Mary and the saints has been instrumental in bringing me to this ministry, especially in the call to holiness in the ordinary times of life, as taught by St. Therese of Lisieux, the great Carmelite doctor of the church.


St. Catherine of Sweden, Hampton Township

Cliff graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1978. He was certified as an emergency medical technician in 1978. He has taken classes in business management at Pennsylvania State University, McKeesport Campus. Cliff, 50, has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for more than 30 years and currently serves as manager for transportation and networks. He and his wife, Gretchen, have three sons.

God chose fishermen, tax collectors, physicians, adolescents and soldiers to begin and then carry on his ministry. There is not a mold for this work, but a calling, a prompting, a signaling, a vision, or any other way God communicates with you, to inspire you to pursue this ministry.


St. Sebastian, Ross Township

Steve graduated from Shaler Area High School in 1984. He went on to earn a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988 and an M.B.A. from Frostburg State University in 1997. He has built a career as an engineer, and currently works with Tower Engineering. Steve, 45, and his wife, Anne, have two children.
For me, to have the heart of a deacon means to love others as Christ would love us, and to humbly serve others as he taught us.


St. Anne, Castle Shannon

Rick graduated in 1965 from South Side High School, Fort Wayne, Ind. He earned a B.A. in English from Denison University in 1969 and an M.Ed. from Antioch College in 1973. A former teacher, Rick, 63, currently is manager of health care software for McKesson Corp. He and his wife, Ami, are the parents of four children.

I am a convert to the Catholic Church. I had an interest in ministry for a long time, and the diaconate (program) is a great way to prepare for ministry. The RCIA program and the teachings of the church motivated me.


Word of God, Rankin / Swissvale

Keith is a 1979 graduate of OBlock High School in Plum. He attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Duquesne University, and Pontifical College Josephinum. He has a B.A. in sociology, which he received in 1983. Keith has built a career in the community services field and currently is executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Council of Pittsburgh. He and his wife, Helen, have four children.

Spiritually, my relationship with Jesus Christ has deepened immensely and I recognize that everything I do must flow from that relationship. I have moved beyond knowing a lot about the church and about Christ to actually knowing Christ intimately, as a friend, mentor, and indeed, savior.


St. Germaine, Bethel Park

Bob was educated at La Salette Preparatory Seminary, Cheshire, Conn., graduating in 1971, and at La Salette Seminary, Altamont, N.Y. He continued his education at Merrimack College, receiving a B.A. in philosophy in 1975, and at Catholic University of America, where he earned an M.A. in theology in 1980. Bobs career has included positions as director of religious education at various diocesan parishes. Currently, he is the director of faith formation at St. Sebastian Parish. Bob, 57, and his wife, Nancy, have one daughter.

As a deacon, I believe I can serve the Church of Pittsburgh by being a sacramental presence to the people I encounter whether at work or in ministry. Deacons have the opportunity to bring the presence of Christ into the market place of peoples lives. I and my family live among the people of God.


St. Louise de Marillac, Upper St. Clair

Tom graduated from Scranton Preparatory School in 1978. He earned bachelors and masters degrees in nuclear engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1982 and 1997, respectively. Tom, 50, currently works as an engineering manager for Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory. He and his wife, Karen, have two daughters.

To have the heart of a deacon is something I know I will discover more and more with the grace of God as I live the Gospel.


St. Margaret of Scotland, Green Tree

Kevin graduated from North Clarion High School in Leeper, Pa., in 1981. He received a B.S. in accounting from Clarion University in 1985. Kevins career has been in the banking business; he currently is the technology and operations manager for U.S. Bank. Kevin, 48, and his wife, Maureen, are parents of three children.

Gods call to serve as a deacon came slowly, but ultimately could not be ignored. When God touches your heart it is no longer a question, but rather a compelling urge to serve others and to bring Christ to them in whatever way possible; to touch their lives and to experience Christ through diaconal service.


Resurrection, Brookline

Rich attended West Scranton High School, Scranton, graduating in 1970. He earned a B.S. in nursing from Duquesne University in 1975 and a masters degree in nursing education in 1981 from the University of Pittsburgh. Rich, 59, has worked in the managerial side of nursing and health care. He is currently senior vice president/network management for Devon Health Services. Rich is married; his wifes name is Lillian.

God has graced me with many talents and skills and as such I have a fervent desire to give back. No greater way than through service in the name of our Lord and Savior.


SS. John and Paul, Franklin Park / Marshall Township

Tom attended high school in Saegertown, Pa., graduating in 1976. He earned a B.S. in petroleum and natural gas engineering at Pennsylvania State University in 1980. Tom holds executive management certificates from the University of Chicago and Southern Methodist University. He has built a career in the oil and gas industry and currently is a petroleum and natural gas engineer for J-W Energy Co. Tom, 53, and his wife, Donna, have four children and one grandchild.

I look forward to being a servant leader in the Church of Pittsburgh with a focus on those most in need. I am committed in making a difference in the lives of others.


St. Sebastian, Ross Township

Jeff graduated from St. John Jesuit High School, Toledo, Ohio, in 1977. He earned a B.A. in economics and political science in 1983 from the University of Southern California and a J.D. in 1987 from Southwestern University School of Law. He is an attorney with Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton P.C., specializing in commercial litigation. Jeff, 51, and his wife, Lucy, have four children.

I have been incredibly blessed by the Lord with an amazing wife, great kids, a good job and so much more. It (the diaconate) is what I am now called to do.


SS. Simon and Jude, Scott Township

After graduating from Bishop Canevin High School in 1970, Jim earned a bachelors degree in electronic engineering technology in 1974 from the University of Dayton. He currently is equipment manager for Liberty Fuel and Supply Co. Jim, 58, and his wife, Kathleen, have four children and five grandchildren.

The heart of a deacon is one of joyful service bringing to others the Good News of Gods love. The heart of a deacon is to see the face of God in all of those he serves, and when needed, to help others see God within themselves.


St. Kilian Parish, Adams / Cranberry townships

Bob graduated from Ambridge Area High School in 1982. From Geneva College, he earned a B.S. in electrical engineering and mathematics in 1986 and an M.S. in organizational leadership in 1998. Bobs career has included positions at Westinghouse Electric, Respironics, Medrad, Oberg Medical Products, Siemens Medical Solutions and Renal Solutions. He is currently a medical device consultant with Regulatory & Quality Solutions. Bob, 46, and his wife, Tina, have two children.

There is so much need and so much work to be done. God has blessed me and my family, and I want to share his gifts in service to others.


Incarnation of the Lord, North Side

Jack graduated from Shady Side Academy in 1971 and earned a B.A. in communications from Bethany College in 1975. A charitable estate planner, Jack is employed by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation as director of gift planning/easements. He is also the principal of Miller Consulting, which provides development consulting to the Byzantine Catholic Seminary. Jack, 57, and his wife, Donna, have three children and two grandchildren.

Everything we have we owe to Christ because he gave everything that he had to save us. Because Christ died and rose for us, death has no power over us. Our value isnt in what we have; its in who we are in Christ. I have to proclaim that message because it is our hope its the message of our salvation!


St. Valentine, Bethel Park

Thom graduated from North Hills High School in 1970. He attended Community College of Allegheny County, studying business and public administration, and later studied English literature at the University of Pittsburgh. Thom, 59, currently is self-employed in sales of life insurance, annuities and Medicare supplements. He and his wife, Judith, have two sons.
The deacon, by his nature, sees and acts on opportunities to serve all of Gods people; his heart is in imitation of Christs as he lives and loves in a world of physical and spiritual need.


Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Meadow Lands

Tony graduated from Middletown High School in 1976. He earned a B.S. in engineering science from the University of Cincinnati in 1982 and a masters degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Arizona in 1984. Tony previously worked with Pratt and Whitney, developing the engine for the F-22 advance tactical fighter. He currently is an engineering software developer with Ansys Inc. Tony, 53, and his wife, Emma, have five children.

To have the heart of a deacon means to try to conform your heart and mind to that of Christ in the service of others.


St. Richard Parish, Richland Township

Gary graduated from Quaker Valley High School in 1973. He earned a B.S. in metallurgy and materials science from Lehigh University in 1977 and a masters degree in quality management from Loyola University, New Orleans, in 1998. Gary, 56, currently is engineering manager-sourcing for Philips Respironics. He and his wife, Mary Jo, have five children.

To have the heart of a deacon means simply to follow Christs words to his apostles at the Last Supper: If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one anothers feet.


St. Sylvester, Brentwood

Dan graduated from Baldwin Senior High School in 1973. He studied business administration at Penn State University, McKeesport Campus. Dan, 56, has been involved in the real estate and mortgage business throughout his career and previously was president/owner of Security Plus Financial. He currently works for Wells Fargo Home Loans. He and his wife, Lynn, have two children.

To open my heart in obedience and loving service to Gods will, (to be) committed to living the life of Christ, to be of humble service to all Gods people, and to seek the salvation of souls, said Dan, explaining the heart of a deacon.


St. Athanasius, West View

Bill graduated from Shaler Area High School in 1976 and Clarion State College with a B.S. in marketing and management in 1980. In his career, Bill has held various positions in sales and banking. He currently is parish administrator at St. Athanasius Parish. Bill, 53, and his wife, Donna, have two children.

I feel that God has called me to pursue it (the diaconate), and has gifted me with the ability to be of service to the community.


St. Anthony Parish, Monongahela

Alex graduated from Ringgold Senior High in 1982 and earned an associates degree in business management from McDonalds University in 1990. Alex, 47, has built a career in the insurance industry and currently serves as agent/manager for CSC Insurance Options. He and his wife, RaeAnn, have two children and one grandson.

Ive always enjoyed working and talking with people, and have always loved helping others. The deacons ministry is just that, helping and being there for others.


St. Michael Parish, Elizabeth

John is a 1984 graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School. He went to the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, earning a B.S. in mathematics in 1988. John has made a career as an actuarial analyst. His current position is associate actuary for Highmark. He and his wife, Nanette, have four sons.

As part of Gods plan, the Church of Pittsburgh has called another class of deacons. I am honored to have been granted the privilege of being part of this class and answering Gods call.


St. Colman, Turtle Creek

Herb graduated from Turtle Creek High School in 1974 and earned a B.A. in political science from Slippery Rock University in 1978. He currently is self-employed as a global trade compliance consultant, having worked in that capacity in the past for Westinghouse Electric, Alcoa and Flextronics. Herb, 55, and his wife, Cheryl, have three children.

To have the heart of a deacon means to always put others before myself. I am there to serve God, his church and all of his people; I am not there to be served.


St. Anne, Castle Shannon

Bob attended St. Basil High School, graduating in 1964, and Point Park University, earning a B.A. in history in 1969. He retired from the Boy Scouts of America in March 2010 as director of the Learning for Life Program. Bob, 64, and his wife, Kathleen, have two sons.

I feel that as a deacon I am called to participate in Christs own simple self-giving, as one who came to serve and not be served.


St. Bernadette, Monroeville

Rick graduated from North Allegheny High School in 1975 and received a B.S. in business administration from Robert Morris College in 1979. Currently, Rick is a CPA and the owner and president of Tucek & Associates, which prepares financial statements and tax returns for individuals, partnerships and corporations. He and his wife, Kathleen, are the parents of six children and one grandchild.

The diaconate ministry is perfect for me in that it centers on service of the poor and needy. To do this in the Pittsburgh Diocese where I grew up is a dream come true.


St. John the Baptist, Unity

Joe graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1965 and earned a B.S. (English in secondary education) from Duquesne University in 1969. He retired from state service after 35 years. Joe, 63, and his wife, Virginia, have two daughters and three grandchildren.

I think the Christian Brothers at Central Catholic High School first gave me the idea of vocation by asking me if I would be interested in becoming a brother. Their dedication and example of service and charity have remained with me all my life.


St. Winifred, Mount Lebanon

Chuck graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1967 and from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in chemistry in 1971 and an M.S. in public management and policy in 1974. He also earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987. Chuck, 61, is senior project manager at the Center for Public Health Practice at Pitts Graduate School of Public Health. He is retired from the Allegheny County Health Department, where he worked for 30 years. He and his wife, Janet, have a son.

My uncle was a priest, and my family was always involved with the church. The diaconate seems to be the culmination of my personal calling to serve the church and a natural part of my family tradition.


Our Lady of Peace Parish, Conway

Jim is a 1964 graduate of Canevin High School. He attended Robert Morris University and the Contemporary Institute in Pittsburgh, studying business management and computer programming. He has been employed by Mailing Services of Pittsburgh for more than 35 years. He is currently vice president of operations for MSP Development Group, a funding agency within MSP that provides direct mail and Internet fund-raising services for nonprofit organizations. Jim, 64, and his wife, Carole, have two daughters and two grandchildren.

I see so many people looking for the Lord to be a part of their lives. I feel in my own way I can bring the love of Christ to them through serving the church in the role of a deacon.


St. Sylvester, Brentwood

Andy graduated from South Hills High School in 1980 and from Carlow College with a B.S. in business/communications in 2001. He was in the health care field for 20 years, most recently as lead inventory technician for UPMC. Andy, 49, currently serves as a pastoral minister/business manager at St. Sylvester Parish. He and his wife, Linda, have two sons and one grandchild.

To me, the heart of a deacon is to have a heart for service. Deacons are called to serve those in need, not only in the parish but the community and the universal church.


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Carnegie

Gary graduated from Hartman/Lincoln High School, Ellwood City, in 1970. At the University of Pittsburgh, he earned a B.S. in 1973, received a doctor of dental medicine degree in 1977, and completed advanced training as an orthodontic specialist in 1986. Gary, 58, is an orthodontic and dento-facial orthopedic specialist engaged in private practice. He is single.

I have always served the church to the best of my abilities. Being ordained a permanent deacon will add a fuller and more complete dimension to my ministry.